July 2010
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eDocAmerica contest

Have you ever used eDocAmerica? Now is the time! During the month of August, members can send a question to eDocAmerica and receive the chance to win a $50 gift card! Through eDocAmerica, members can send and receive confidential e-mails to health providers right from their computers. To be eligible, members need to log in to their myODS account and send a message to any of the following.:  

  • eDoc,
  • ePsych
  • ePharm
  • eDent
  • eDietitian
  • eFitness

At the end of the month, ODS will draw 50 people at random to receive $50 gift cards from giftcards.com. For more information, log in to your myODS account during the month of August.

New ODS Lifestyle Coaching Program

As of July 1, ODS medical members became eligible to participate in the ODS Lifestyle Coaching program.
Added to our suite of ODS Care Programs, this program offers members telephone or e-mail-based health coaching by our multi-disciplinary team of clinicians. These professionals have a variety of experience in many areas of lifestyle coaching, including the following:

  • Weight management
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Stress

Members begin the healthy lifestyle journey by establishing goals and creating an action plan. Lifestyle coaching advocates simple, everyday steps to help members take charge of their health, accept responsibility for making informed healthcare decisions, and pursue a healthy lifestyle. As with our other Care Programs, coaches will screen patients for depression, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, making referrals as appropriate.
Utilizing both patient activation measures and motivational interviewing techniques, one-on-one coaching helps members to make realistic and meaningful decisions that reflect their personal needs and values. By understanding participants' activation levels, health coaches can better segment and tailor programs to meet individual member needs.

Contact your marketing representative if you have any questions about the ODS Lifestyle Coaching program.

Which is better: a manual or electric toothbrush?
Paul J. Vankevich, assistant professor of general dentistry at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, responds:

It depends! The choice of toothbrush is best determined by individual considerations, including dental health status, special needs and cost.

The purpose of tooth brushing is to remove the soft plaque from the teeth and gums and to promote soft tissue circulation. Dental plaque is the cause of the two most important oral and dental diseases, dental caries-tooth decay-and inflammatory periodontal disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Dental plaque cannot be totally eliminated. The goal of brushing and flossing is to reduce the daily accumulation. 

A 2003 Cochrane Oral Health Group study concluded that powered toothbrushes with rotational-oscillation action result in a modest reduction in plaque and gingivitis (7 and 17 percent, respectively) compared with manual toothbrushes. But when properly used, manual and powered brushes can be equally effective.
Ideally, people should manually brush their teeth for 2 to 3 minutes, twice each day. The typical American, however, brushes for only 45 to 70 seconds, twice daily.

Manual toothbrushes are available in different shapes and sizes, marketed for specific patient needs and desires. Manual or powered (motorized electric or sonic) brushes have a variety of bristle and handle designs to accommodate individual needs.
The choice of a toothbrush should be one that is effective, easy to use and non-destructive-that means using a soft bristle, because overzealous tooth brushing is potentially damaging.

A number of other factors come into play in deciding which method of brushing is most effective for you. They include health status,; manual dexterity and the ability to learn proper brushing techniques,; type of plaque; and cost. Manual toothbrushes cost $1 to $3, and should be replaced every three months; a powered toothbrush costs $60 to $120. Given these variables, ask your dentist what kind of toothbrush is right for you.

Brushing alone, though, does little to help with plaque control between the teeth, so daily flossing is necessary and recommended.
Whatever the choice of toothbrush, the user will do well to follow the adage: you only need to brush those teeth that you wish to keep, and you only need to brush them on the days of the week that end with the letter "y."

This article is reprinted with permission from the Tufts Journal (http://tuftsjournal.tufts.edu/).


Not all plans have access to all resources or tools referenced in this newsletter. Please refer to your member handbook, or call your ODS Marketing Representative for plan-specific information.
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In This Issue
eDocAmerica Contest
Lifestyle Coaching
Manual vs. electric toothbrush
ODS Well@Work

ODS Well@Work launches

We are pleased to announce the ODS Well@Work Employer Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to encourage the discussion of workplace wellness, assist in creating or sustaining a wellness program, and provide useful resources. Through this toolkit we can help employers: 

  • Learn the basics of health promotion and workplace wellness.;
  • Set up campaigns, share ideas, and increase participation.;
  • Suggest ways to measure success.
  • Provide proven methods to build the company's wellness culture.;
  • Suggest wellness opportunities based on population- and condition-specific risks.

This exciting addition is now available on our website in the Employers section. 

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